Metamorphic Petrology

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Metamorphic Petrology

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    The first part of the module outlines the field appearance and tectonic settings of metamorphic rocks.
    It deals with the development of metamorphic textures and the mechanisms by which minerals crystallise in the
    solid state in response to strain and changing pressure and temperature conditions. It covers the mineral
    assemblages that develop in metamorphosed basis igneous rocks (metabasites), mudstones and shales (pelites)
    and limestones (calc-silicates) and the methods used to study them in the field and in the laboratory.
    Laboratory techniques include petrological (optical) microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, electron probe
    microanalysis and the use and interpretation of chemographic and pressure-temperature phase diagrams.
    The second part of the course provides a rigorous introduction to the application of equilibrium thermodynamics
    to geothermobarometry and discusses the application of Shreinemakers' method in the topological analysis of
    phase diagrams. Metamorphic reactions and the resultant mineral assemblages are explored in different
    tectonic settings, e.g. the Barrovian, Buchan and high pressure (blueschist) styles of regional metamorphism,
    high temperature (granulite-facies) terrains and the metamorphism of the ultramafic mantle rocks in rift zones.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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